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Scented Playdough: Sense of Smell

by on Sep 5th, 2012

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It’s always fun to learn about our senses through a variety of experiments, wouldn’t you agree? For our unit on the sense of smell, one of the activities we did with the kids was to create our own scented play doughs! Oh what fun the kids had, they were so proud of their works and couldn’t believe they made it themselves. Who know play dough was so easy to make?

I got the recipe from but I didn’t follow it to the dot, I just adjusted based on what I though would help make it work better. More flour helps make the playdough dry enough to play with.


Scented Playdough

What you will need:

  • 3 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Cup or More of Flour
  • Food coloring
  • Scent (perfume, food flavoring, etc.)
  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 2 Bowls
  • 1 Cup Water


What you will do:

Step 1: Mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a bowl


Step 2: On a separate bowl, mix 1 cup water with the food coloring and scent preferred


Step 3: Combine the 2 mixtures and starts mixing them together 

Add more flour as you see necessary (flour helps to harden the mixture)

Step 4: Continue kneading the dough until it becomes soft and solid like clay


Step 5:  I  took some old Play-doh containers and printed some labels to give each child their own personalized AND SCENTED play-doh! If you don’t have any containers, you can always just use a Ziploc bag


The kids were so proud of their work. They never realized play-doh was this easy to make! Moreover, they liked this even better because it smelled differently!



Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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